Inaugural CA Summer Institute Set for June 11-12 2013

Citizen Alum Summer Institute Now Full

“Engaging alumni as active citizens in our communities, campuses, and the world”

Alumni want to be involved in their communities and with our campuses as change agents to address society’s most pressing problems.  Yet higher education leaders often struggle to connect alumni in meaningful ways that capture their civic passions and also serve institutional interests.  Citizen Alum is a network of 20+ institutions that is committed to envisioning alumni as allies in education—critical partners in supporting the missions of our institutions as civic professionals, educational allies, learners, and philanthropists.

34 members of Citizen Alum teams, along with leaders of key organizations and national networks, will gather in Minneapolis June 11-12 under the auspices of the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education for a 1 ½ day summer institute. Teams may consist of faculty, civic engagement staff, advancement staff, and alumni. They will explore how to work with a diverse group to unleash the civic energy of citizen alums on campuses and in communities.

At the Institute, participants will:

  • Stretch their thinking about innovative ways to engage alumni around the civic purposes of higher education.
  • Engage in hands-on planning to create programs that capture the civic commitments of alumni and meet institutional goals.
  • Address the possibilities and challenges of “turning jobs into public work.”
  • Network with civic engagement leaders, academic program directors, faculty members, advancement professionals, and others committed to engaging alumni in ways that benefit students and communities.
  • Get updated on the latest research about how to identify and engage citizen alumni who can serve as institutional allies.  

The Institute is designed to support Citizen Alum campus teams and the work of other interested civic engagement leaders in 2013-2014. It will be useful to teams that are just forming as well as those that have key initiatives up and running. Sessions will focus on planning with allies, connecting engagement and inclusion, supporting student learning, and building our collective research capacity.

The concluding session will be held jointly with the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach, followed by a reception.

Download a flyer with program and schedule: citizen alum summer institute flyer


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